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February 22,2024

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I hope everyone had a safe, restful, and enjoyable Thanksgiving.


The Skowhegan Community Center hosted the town’s annual Thanksgiving Day community dinner and served some 200 people. Volunteers and parks and recreation staff started cooking Monday ahead of the dinner to prepare the 30 or so turkeys they served on Thursday!


With the holiday season now underway, local businesses kicked off #ShopSmall week. Dozens of Skowhegan businesses are offering deals before Dec. 2.


And you can’t miss Main Street Skowhegan’s SKOW-Whoville celebration happening throughout this weekend. It all kicks off with the parade on Friday, followed by a full slate of events and activities on Saturday and Sunday. Find more information farther down in this newsletter.


As always, get in touch with your ideas and feedback: jfreudberg@centralmaine.com


Jake Freudberg

MORE NEWS

Connor Jarvais, a staff assistant at the Skowhegan Community Center, checks turkeys being cooked Tuesday in the center’s kitchen ahead of Thursday’s Thanksgiving community dinner. Rich Abrahamson/Morning Sentinel

MAINE CRIME

A Skowhegan man turned himself in to authorities last weekend after allegedly running over a woman with his vehicle in Bingham earlier that day. The woman was taken to a Portland hospital, where she was being treated for severe injuries.


Get the most up-to-date coverage on crime across central Maine on our website

MAINERS TO BE THANKFUL FOR

In case you missed it, on Wednesday, the Morning Sentinel and our associated publications honored our 2023 Mainers to Be Thankful For. We once again recognized the exceptional kindness and generosity of our community members and acknowledged those who stepped up following the tragedy in Lewiston.

SKOW-WHOVILLE: THIS WEEKEND

SKOW-Whoville, Main Street Skowhegan's annual holiday celebration, features one of Maine’s longest parades with an anticipated 50 floats that will light up Skowhegan on Friday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. 


On Saturday, Dec. 2, head downtown for SKOW-Whobilatious fun with tons of family activities, including grinch-y themed crafts and food, a petting zoo, a holiday signing pig, horse and carriage rides, and appearances by Martha Mae, Cindy Lou Who, Maxx, and the Grinch himself. On Saturday night, purchase your tickets in advance for the second annual WhoCrawl event for those 21-plus, with food, drink, and Grinch-themed fanny packs.


Sunday, Dec. 3, will feature free holiday movie showings at Spotlight Cinemas at The Strand and a Live Auction Fashion Show. 


Find the complete SKOW-Whoville schedule here.

AROUND TOWN: SOMERSET PUBLIC HEALTH

Join Somerset Public Health on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 6 p.m. for an engaging and informative discussion about youth vaping and cannabis use. This virtual presentation is designed for parents/guardians, educators, and other caring adults. Topics explored during the presentation will include the mental and physical health risks of youth vaping, different types of vaping devices, substance use data from our local community, and helpful tips for talking to youth about substance use. Sign up for the presentation here.

THINGS TO DO

Things to do and see in the Skowhegan region this week

You can enter your events in our community calendar for free.

THE WAY IT WAS IN SKOWHEGAN

Nov. 28, 1979: More than 70 townspeople tentatively agreed to close a portion of Water Street, making it into a pedestrian mall.


Click here to read more on this story from 1979 from our archives on Newspapers.com.

Jake Freudberg is a reporter for the Morning Sentinel and the editor of this newsletter. Send feedback and suggestions to Jake. You can support this newsletter by encouraging friends and family to subscribe here. Read more at centralmaine.com.

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